Latest Alaska state government News

1 dead, 2 hurt in Parks Highway collision

May. 24, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 22-year-old South Dakota man died and two other people were injured in a collision on the Parks Highway. Nicholas Bertram, who was driving an SUV, died at the scene of the Thursday afternoon crash. Troopers say the crash occurred when the SUV collided...

Tribal officials blame state for stalled child welfare talks

May. 24, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native officials have criticized the state for backing out of negotiations over the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact, a report said. The Alaska Federation of Natives and state tribal officials blamed Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration in a May 17...

Alaska House committee gets blowback to dividend proposal

May. 23, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House lawmakers heard angry reactions Thursday to a bill that would pay residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year but seek to change the dividend formula going forward. The House Finance Committee bill is seen as an attempt to break a legislative logjam. Disagreement...

Fairbanks motorcycle driver dies in crash into trees

May. 23, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 38-year-old Fairbanks motorcycle driver died when his bike crashed northeast of the city. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander Holder died in the accident late Tuesday night. A witness told troopers that Holder was traveling at high speed on the Old Steese Highway when he lost...

Alaska House bill calls for full dividend, but with a catch

May. 22, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans would receive a full dividend from the state's oil-wealth fund this year under a bill introduced Wednesday in the House. But the full payout would come with a catch. The House Finance Committee bill also seeks changes to the dividend formula going forward, committee co-chair...

State of Alaska looks to sell 2 fast ferries, citing costs

May. 22, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state transportation department is proposing to sell two of its so-called fast ferries, citing the cost of continuing to run the vessels. Aurah Landau, a spokeswoman for the department, said by email that the Alaska Marine Highway System has planned for years to find ways to phase...

Dunleavy, Alaska lawmakers at odds over school funding

May. 22, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration says there is no valid appropriation to fund Alaska public schools for the budget year starting July 1. Dunleavy and legislative leaders are at odds over the issue, which could end up in court. Lawmakers last year passed legislation approving K-12...

Alaska House panel refuses to advance Dunleavy schools bill

May. 21, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The fight over whether the Legislature legally funded public education in Alaska for next year may be headed to the courts. The Legislature says it appropriated funding for the next fiscal year in last year's budget in a process called forward funding. But the Dunleavy administration...

Hiker and his dog lived off the land while lost in Alaska

May. 21, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A hiker and his dog ate berries and moss while they were lost for days in Alaska, he said. Logan Holmer, 26, of Missouri, and his dog started hiking the Far Mountain Trail May 7 and became separated from their group the next day, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday....

Troopers arrest suspect in death of Fairbanks woman

May. 20, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have arrested a 25-year-old Fairbanks man suspected of killing a 69-year-old woman with whom he had been staying. A trooper patrolling Friday north of North Pole spotted Patrick Marsh walking. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Marsh provided a false name...